Day 2: Ekphrastic Challenge, My poem “Seeing”

Inspired by all three artworks for Day 2

Seeing

The universe of repeating shapes
fractals and tessellations,
the infinite spirals of time
mirrored in shells and nebulae,
onion domes, and honeycombs,
circles of fire–

the virus that looks like our sun,
a crown without its golden blaze,
a speck too small for reflection
but with the power to destroy
the colors we see

with our limited vision
we know the glory of our own star
rising and setting–
the reflected color of sky in sea,
timeless, even if we’re not–
yet who else can describe the beauty
of our world,
perceive flowers in clouds
and clouds in rivers?

I am once again participating in Paul Brookes’ April Ekphrastic Challenge. Each day, I will post my poem(s) here. You can see the art and read the other responses by going to Paul’s site here.
The artists are Gaynor Kane, John Phandal Law, and Anjum Wasim Dar. Thank you for your wonderful and inspiring art!

34 thoughts on “Day 2: Ekphrastic Challenge, My poem “Seeing”

  1. These lines resonate very strongly with me, perhaps because I didn’t expect them. The power of language to forge a strong bond with the world with live in?

    yet who else can describe the beauty
    of our world,
    perceive flowers in clouds
    and clouds in rivers?

  2. We had a college president focused on “fractals”– tessellations, not so much. I wish he had been able to perceive other natural beauty in our world beyond mere geometry.

  3. Oh, I love how you incorporated all three images. That tiny virus – I got to know up close and personal – It does have so much power.
    I particularly love the last stanza. Beautiful

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